It was exciting for a few days. I thought I might have actually had a new customer needing a website. Instead,it was a scammer looking for someone to launder money. Crap.
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Missing Photography

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When I bought my MINI, I also bought my first camera. It was a Sony point and shoot and took pretty ok photos. It became something that I enjoyed doing. From the Sony I switched to my work horse Panasonic DMC-TZ3. Most of the photos in my Flickr stream were taken with that camera.

About the time I moved to Arizona, the need arose for me to be able to take better, higher quality photos. I switched to a Canon Rebel DSLR. Read a few things on how to use it and started taking photos. It’s not the fastest camera and using it taught me patience, taught me to use a tripod and an invelometer/remote shutter to get the best photos I could.

That camera still worked brilliantly, even with a chip in the lens. I opted to work on upgrading to a newer DSLR, this time a Nikon D5300. Faster, more megapixels and more settings. Took a little bit of time, but I got to the point where I was taking truly fantastic photos. To the point of thinking I could actually call myself a photographer and offer services, which I did.

I was 2nd on a few personal shoots, shot events and even did a ghetto fabulous photo booth that was a lot of fun. The 2nd largest group of photos in my Flickr were taken with this camera.

Then, something happened.

I’m not sure what, but suddenly I wasn’t able to take a clear shot to save my life. Blurry, too dark or too light, no matter what I did, I was unable to generate a useable image from my camera. This caused me to lose interest and actually sell the entire rig. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

A few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to go out and take some photos. A feeling that I haven’t felt in more than a year. Felt it again today. I like this feeling.

For now, I’m going to keep an eye on craigslist to find a replacement lens for the Canon. I’m going to start over from scratch and see what happens. I hope I’m again bitten by the bug.

Don’t go to bed Angry

That’s what all y’all say, right? Don’t go to bed angry? Usually meaning to not go to bed angry at the person you are sleeping with. Since I’m not sleeping with anyone, I think I’m good. And, on night #2.

I did finally manage to get in a ride. First time in almost 2 weeks. Sure it was at 10p and was only 5 miles, but it was a very fast (for me) 5 miles at 10p. And it would seem that I was able to successful mend my bicycle, I just hope this time it sticks.

So, yea. Going to bed angry. Fuck.

Because it’s nice when I’m not followed

There are days when I want to punch Facebook in the face. Not all of Facebook, since Facebook doesn’t really have a face. Just the people that I have allowed to be a part of my news feed. Yes. I want to punch my news feed in the face.

I’ve been pulling back more and more there, only posting photos and short notes. Sometimes the comments are ok and funny and keep me wanting to post. Sometimes the comments are lame and make me want to punch Facebook in the face.

Maybe I should spend more time with the Google Plus. Unfollow everyone I don’t know and start over. I get upset with the Plus, but I never want to punch it in the face.

Goals: Novemeber

I had 2 exercise/lifestyle goals for October. The first was to see 215lbs on my scale. That one I missed. And I missed it by quite a lot. I blame myself. I made too many bad eating choices over the month that I really know better than to do. I’m correcting that and getting back on track, actually started this week.

The 2nd goal was to complete a ride of 20 miles or more, without stopping for brunch/booze in the middle. I can report that I have completed 2 20+ miles rides in the past week. I’m very pleased with that. For good measure, I included an additional 15+ mile ride. If I wouldn’t have had a flat this week, I would have clocked more than the almost 60 miles I did, but I’m ok with what I have done.

This coming week it’s back to #ridemostdays. I’m fully equipped to ride at night and as long as I get in at least 30 minutes of riding as many days as I can I’ll be good.

For November, I’m going to continue with wanting to see 215lbs on the scale by the end of the month. I’m 5lbs off, so I’m not sure if that will happen or not. I’m going to really have to be on my game with both my diet and exercise. As for my exercise goal, by the end of November I want to complete a 30 mile ride at least twice. This will be tough to complete since I have company 1 weekend and will be on call for work on anther. I am still going to try to make it happen.

I like to write

You see, I have this keyboard that I really like to use. It’s made by Logitech, it’s bluetooth and I can connect it to my Mac, my iPhone or my iPad with a push of a button. It has great response, feels nice, makes a nice sound and lights up from behind just like my Macbook Air. It’s pretty fancy. Anyway, I like to use it.

I like using any keyboard, really, especially when I want to write. I like it when I want to write, makes me feel productive. I like it when I want to write, actually write something and that something that I am really proud of.

There has been some unnecessary negativity around these parts of late. It reminded me of something I wrote a few years ago. Something that I am very proud of.

I’m hear to proclaim to you, right here, right now, that it is no longer cool to hate. You are smarter than that, you are better than that and gosh darn it people like you. It’s time the cool kids showed that they were smart and responsible adults that know what is important and know what to burn cycles on. Complaining about phone apps, web services or anything else that you can think of is not only unproductive, but it’s also unattractive and makes you look dumb.

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There have been a few times when I’m proud of the words I have written. In 10 years of blogging, I think there are less than 20. That one is in the top 5. I think I wrote that when I didn’t really want to write. I wrote that when I felt the need to write. Those are always the best.

Outside my comfort zone

It’s time.

Actually, it’s been time for quite some time. It’s the math, try to keep up.

This past weekend, besides drinking more than I usually do during a trip to Vegas, I managed to actually try some new things. Things that usually make me uncomfortable and/or anxious. I think I did ok, but, like I mentioned, I did drink quite a bit.

New places x4 from Friday to Tuesday. All times with people who I don’t really know. Definitely a place that is way out of my wheelhouse. While I wasn’t influencing friends or creating enemies, I think I did pretty ok for the most part.

I’m not a shy person, usually, but I’m slow to talk to people who I don’t know. Sure, I can stand in front of large groups of people I don’t know and talk about whatever topic you give me 24 hours to prepare for. That’s easy. But with new people in a social environment, I’m oddly uncomfortable. Luckily, I had friends there to back me up with the new people.

It’s probably part of me not liking to be where I’m not invited. If we haven’t talked about that before, don’t worry, it’s bound to be a topic of discussion at some point in time.

Anyway, new places. New people. I had a great time. I guess I will try that again.